Fourth of July Orange County DUI checkpoints and patrols

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has just announced the upcoming DUI checkpoints and “saturation patrols” for the upcoming July 4th holiday period.  Here is the information on what they’re planning:

DUI Checkpoint – Placentia

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, the Placentia Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint from 6:00 pm until 2:00 am.  No specific location has been announced within the city.

DUI “Saturation Patrols”

Both Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4 there will be extra patrol officers assigned specifically for DUI enforcement in the following cities:  Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, Irvine, La Palma, Orange, Placentia, Seal Beach, Westminster and on the CSUF (California State University Fullerton) campus.  The Sheriff’s Department will be deploying extra officers to the cities they patrol as well, including Villa Park, Stanton, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente – plus the unincorporated areas of the county served by the Sheriff’s Department.

CHP “Maximum Enforcement Period”

The Fourth of July holiday is a notorious one for the CHP and this year is like every other – they will be putting all available officers on duty from Tuesday, July 3 at 6:00 pm through midnight July 4.  Every freeway, toll road, unincorporated road and highway falls within the California Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction and you can expect they will be out in full force.

Should you find yourself being stopped:

Remain calm, but also remember your rights.  There is a full, detailed blog post about your rights when stopped for DUI in California you may want to review.

And if you’re arrested:

You only have 10 days from your arrest to contact the DMV and schedule a hearing to fight the automatic suspension of your license.  Don’t let those 10 days slip by.  Give me a call or send an email so we can discuss your situation and what your options are.


Joe Dane




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